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Mel and Taylor’s May the 4th Be With You Wedding

Taylor and Mel first met in college 12 years ago. They fell out of touch for a while but reconnected 3 years ago when Mel was on a girl’s night out. The following week they saw Eric Gress play at Sharkey’s with a bunch of friends and started hanging out regularly from then on. Taylor surprised Mel by proposing on a cruise ship during his dad’s 60th birthday formal dinner.

When I arrived at Buckeye Farms, Mel and her bridesmaids were busy getting ready with a mixed CD of love songs that Taylor made for her playing in the background [can I please get a collective “awwwwww”]. In addition to the mixed CD gift, Taylor also gave Mel and a customized bottle of wine. Mel’s gift to Taylor was a pocket square from The Tie Bar that was embroidered with his grandparents’ names by The Quilt Label Lady.

Their wedding ceremony took place in a river bend in Newport. Their altar was copper and draped in blue fabric that perfectly matched Mel’s custom-made blue wedding dress with beautiful flower arrangements fashioned by the bride’s sister, Angela Hassan. Taylor said two sets of vows that day, one promising his love and devotion to Mel and one promising his love and devotion to his new son, little Randy – we collectively shed tears and my mascara ran down my face which was thankfully shielded by my camera.

At their reception, the tables were draped in beautiful pale fabric with terrariums holding succulents and white tapered candles set in a cement base. Their guests enjoyed bags of coffee from Brugh Coffee as their wedding favors. We made the mad dash from the barn to the reception location through a downpour of rain, which we were thankful had held off till we had finished the ceremony and photos. In the barn was their alternative take on a guestbook, a beautiful poster-sized illustrated portrait of what they looked like on their wedding day. Their wedding cake was homemade and surrounded by family member’s wedding photos showing off their “generations of love”. Being that their wedding fell on May the 4th, Mel and Taylor had to do the obligatory lightsaber send-off, which I loved so very much.

Mel has been a dear friend of mine for years now. She’s always uplifting, generous, and putting off all the good vibes. Naturally, I was thrilled when she chose me to photograph her wedding! I don’t want to leave Taylor out on all the personal lovey-dovey stuff, I have watched him become the most amazing father to his new son Randy. Watching them together has brought me to tears multiple times. This little family is full of magical individuals and with their powers combined will fill you with so many warm fuzzies. Did you happen to catch Taylor + Mel's Radford Engagement Photos?

Wedding Vendor Team
Blacksburg Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer, assisted by Michelle Turek
Venue: Buckeye Farm, Newport, Virginia, dana22todd@gmail.com
Day of Coordinator: Danielle Lambert Events
Blue Wedding Gown: Custom designed with the bride by Anomalie in San Francisco
Florist: Angela Hassan
Officiant: Gina Rhea, Radford, Virginia
Catering: Heathwood Market, Blacksburg, Virginia
Jewelry: Todd’s Jewelry, Christiansburg, Virginia
DJ: A Party’s Favorite Entertainment, Tyrone Chavers, Roanoke, Virginia
Hair: Alysha Shorter and Crystal O’Dell, Unique Salon, Radford, Virginia
Bridesmaid Dresses: Birdy Grey
Groomsmen Attire: Black Tie
Videographer: Truly Yours by DNA Visions, Alex Jones
Transportation: Tangent Outfitters Shuttle
Chair and Heater Rentals: Tents R Us
Invitations, Wedding Cake, & Makeup: All the bride’s handiwork!


A big thank you to Alex Jones of Truly Yours by DNA Visions for letting me share your beautiful videography from Mel and Taylor’s wedding!

Virginia Tech Hahn Horticulture Garden Gala 2019

This year is the 35th anniversary of the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech and the 15th annual Garden Gala so I was honored to be invited to photograph the event.  Catering and beverages were provided by Blue Ridge CateringSalt Pond performed the live music for the gala.

The event was super extra special to me this year because I re-met one of the servers named Lindsay [first at Mockingbird Café, then the 2018 Hahn Gala].  We went out after the event and I fell deeply in friend love with her. We’ve been inseparable ever since the Gala so shout out to Lindsay for being amazing and Hahn Horticulture Garden for bringing us back together!

Jeffery + Lauren’s Blacksburg Engagement Photos

Back in November, Jeffery and Lauren came to Blacksburg from Louisville, Kentucky for their engagement photos. It was FREEZING cold with an extra frigid relentless breeze whipping around everywhere. It is Blacksburg after all. We turned blue and purple and still made it look good. Don’t they look warm? It is from the love.

Come back soon to see photos from their wedding at Mountain Lake Lodge this spring!